TWO GIANTS in the education sector in the country and e-learning industry worldwide, STI and CYPHER LEARNING respectively, recently forged an agreement to provide students an innovative and engaging platform that will augment learning experience inside and outside the classroom.
Created by CYPHER LEARNING, STI utilizes NEO, a world-class and award-winning Learning Management System (LMS) used by schools and universities across the globe. NEO was ranked as #2 LMS for Higher Education in the “Top 50 LMS 2016 Rankings Report” by Craig Weiss, a distinguished e-learning industry analyst.
NEO LMS is cloud-based e-learning tool that gives teachers and students a two-way platform where they can collaborate, assign and submit homework, take assessments, and track learning progress among others.
“Integrating technology in the learning process helps students and teachers stay engaged and connected. Through NEO LMS, students and teachers can discuss online anytime, anywhere,” said Peter K. Fernandez, President and COO of STI Education Services Group, Inc.
With over 100, 000 learners in its 77 campuses nationwide, students can review and share their notes, lectures, and other multimedia learning materials on their own time wherever they may be using their smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. NEO has mobile apps for iOS and Android and an in-browser responsive design that automatically adjusts based on the type of device.
With gamified elements, earning rewards, points, badges and many more, students get to enjoy the discussion which leads to increased student retention and higher completion rates. It also has interactive features such as threaded discussions, video conferencing, and discussion forums making each session more fun and meaningful.
The LMS is not only beneficial to students but to teachers as well. Through the platform, they can develop, deliver lessons, and evaluate student learning. NEO offers teachers a central repository where they can easily organize and upload learning modules for their students.
Furthermore, NEO allows teachers to monitor students’ progress via effective and efficient tracking and recording tools. It provides teachers with clear insights on where students fall behind or who could take up extra activities. All of these are conducted behind a virtual wall that provides a measure of authentication, security, and privacy.
Fernandez noted that the academic institution is known for its leadership in information and communications technology and pioneering steps that brought change to the educational landscape in the country.
Cover Photo Caption: Present in the signing were the CEO and Founder of Cypher Learning Graham Glass and the President and COO of STI Peter Fernandez (center). Joining them were (from left) STI VP for Academics Dr. Lloyd Bautista, NEOLMS Certified Reseller Jose Mari Silva, STI AVP for Academics Aisa Hipolito, and STI AVP for Learning Management Dr. Harry Joson